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From Russia with Love (1963)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Thriller | 27 May 1964 (USA)
James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.

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James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe! Written by simon_hrdng

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Blast him! Seduce him! Bomb him! Strangle him! Target: The Unkillable James Bond 007. See more »


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Bons baisers de Russie  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,800,000 (USA)
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Nikki Van der Zyl: As the voice (uncredited) of a Receptionist. She dubbed other actresses' voices as Honey Ryder in Dr. No (1962) and Domino Derval in Thunderball (1965). See more »

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When Bond and Tatiana are on the water being chased by the three Spectre boats, the middle boat, which is directly behind Bond's boat, has a man on the bow firing an automatic weapon at Bond's boat. But when the bullet holes appear in the drums, most are on the ends of the barrels, on the left side, and a few are in line with the direction of fire. The only way for this to happen is for someone to be shooting from the left of Bond's boat as well as from the rear, yet only one person is firing and he's firing from the rear. See more »

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[first lines]
Morzeny: [after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond] Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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Unforgettable Adventure
19 February 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The SPECTRE Number 1 assigns the SPECTRE Number 3, Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), who was ex-SMERSH operative before defecting Russia, and the SPECTRE Number 5 and expert planner Kronsteen (Vladek Sheybal) to plot a scheme to steal the Russian's Lektor decoder and revenge on James Bond (Sean Connery) for killing Dr. No.

Rosa Klebb recruits the SPECTRE assassin Grant (Robert Shaw) and lures the naive and loyal Russian Corporal State Security Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi), who works at the Soviet consulate in Istanbul and believes that Rosa Klebb still works for SMERSH. Meanwhile M (Bernard Lee) summons James Bond and tells that Tatiana wants to defect to London and has offered the Lektor as part of the bargain. However, she wants to go to England with Bond.

Bond and M suspect that it might be a trap, but Bond sees Tatiana's photo and decides to go to Istanbul, where he has the support of the local operative Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendariz). He meets Tatiana and they plot a plan to steal the Lektor and return to London. But they do not know that they are actually pawns in the scheme plotted by SPECTRE.

"From Russia with Love" is an unforgettable adventure of James Bond and one of my favorite movies of this franchise. The poisoned spike in the toe of Rosa Klebb is maybe the most famous scene in 007 movies that I never forget. Daniela Bianchi is one of the most beautiful Bond girls and James Bond is a top-notch spy but also vulnerable and I like that. The story is very well written and has great characters.

I do not know how many times I have seen "From Russia with Love", but the last time had been on 24 January 2000 on VHS. Yesterday I saw it again in a magnificent Bly-Ray in DTS. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Moscou Contra 007" ("Moscow against 007")


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